The Haters

The Haters is the second novel by Jesse Andrews, who is also the author of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

Wes and Corey are at jazz camp and it doesn’t take them long to figure out how lame it really is. In their first camp rehearsal, they meet Ash. The three of them realize what a connection they have after they play together and they just click. They decide to blow off the lameness jazz camp and go on tour because no band ever got good at jazz camp. A band gets good by playing on the road.

I love Jesse’s writing style. He’s sarcastic and his humor is on the dry side. Which, for those who don’t know me, I love sarcasm and dry humor. I’ve laughed out loud while reading his two books more than all the other books i’ve read combined (i’ve read a lot of books).

I was a huge fan of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl and because of that, I had pretty high expectations going in to The Haters. Wes, Corey and Ash reminded me a lot of Rachel, Earl and Greg. The two novels had a very similar feel and i’m not just talking about in writing style. I mean, it almost felt like Earl, Rachael and and Greg were in a different setting. It did take me a while to get in to the story.

But I loved it once I got in to it. I loved reading about Wes, Corey and Ash getting to know each other on the road, their ups and downs. I loved watching them getting themselves in to trouble and somehow getting themselves out of it.

I gave The Haters 4/5 stars and i am not so patiently  waiting for Jesse’s third novel!

Much Love,

Kait

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The Haters

Happy Birthday, Saint Anything!

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I know what you’re thinking. You’e thinking, It MUST Be Friday because there is a new Book Alphas post. Sorry to disappoint you guys but, it’s Thursday BUT it’s a very special Thursday. IT’S THE ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY OF MY FAVORITE BOOK, SAINT ANYTHING! 

That picture to the left was taken a year ago the day I got the book. I was so excited to finally have it in my hands.

I was so excited for this book. One morning, about a week before the book came out, I started thinking about how much I was really wanting this book and started crying (I was on the bus and got some looks). Besides the fact that I love Sarah and there isn’t one of her books that I don’t like(I’ve read them all), I just had a feeling about Saint Anything that this was going to be a book that stuck with me.

It did.

Saint Anything is about Sydney, whose older, charming and charismatic brother, Peyton, 008has just been sent to jail for a drunk driving accident. Sydney’s parent’s are concerned with Peyton and feeling more overshadowed by her older bother than ever, Sydney is trying to find her place in the world. She decides to transfer from her private school to the public school across town and that’s where Sydney meets the Chathams. They run a pizza parlor and play blue grass music on the weekends. There’s Layla who love the perfect french fry and is the best friend that everyone needs in her life and there’s Mac, whose sweet and protective. With Layla and Mac, Sydney starts to feel like she’s finding her place in the world.

Sarah Dessen writes everything that I love in a book- character driven stories about relationships. Some of her stories are more light hearted and some deal with deeper issues but at the heart of her stories, that what they are.

Saint Anything draws you in on the first page of the first chapter of the first paragraph and keeps you there till the very last page. The story it beautifully written and told.

“You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.” That is my favorite line in the book. I’m actually jealous that I didn’t write it!

Thank You Sarah for writing this book. I love it more than I am fully able to express.

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Much Love,

Kaitlyn

 

Happy Birthday, Saint Anything!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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I sent this selfie to my Harry Potter loving BFF when I started the book.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rolling. Since most people have read the Harry Potter Series, this post is not spoiler free and you should not read it if you have not read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s  Stone (book 1)or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(book 2) because it might accidentally spoil those as well.

Wow. Just wow. I now understand why this is so many people’s favorite Harry Potter book.

Let’s start with this: Sirius Black wasn’t out to kill Harry but he was looking for Peter Pettigrew AKA Scabber’s, Ron’s pet rat. I’m still not over that. Really, i’m not over the last hundred pages of this book. Peter was the secret keeper, not Sirius. It was Peter who told Voldemort where Lilly and James were hiding- not Sirius. AND PETER WASN’T KILED BY BLACK BUT  WAS SCABBERS THIS WHOLE TIME!

J.K Rolling knows how to write a plot twist. I’m still not over the fact that Ginny was the one who was opening the chamber of secrets though Tom Riddle. Not sure I’ll ever be over that. I’m, pretty blown away about Scabbers aka Peter too but not on the level I was about Ginny and the chamber of secrets.

I’m saddened that Professor Lupin had to leave Hogwarts at the end of the book. I mean I get why but I really liked his character and I really liked watching him with Harry.

I’m also saddened by Sirius’s fate. He’s an innocent man but his innocents can’t be proven so he has to be on the run. (Also, i’m saddened that Harry can’t live with him and had to go back to the Dursley’s).

I reading this book was an easier read that the second book. It dived in to the action right away and kept up the pace throughout the book. I hate when the beginning of a book (or any part of a book, really) drags out.

I gave this book 4/5 stars but the second book is still my favorite because like I previously said, still not over Ginny having been the one opening the Chamber.

What are your thoughts on book three?

Much love,

Kate

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Me Before You

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Before I get in to talking about the book, I’d like to say that it is going to be impossible for me to talk about this book without talking about the ending. If you have not read this book and do not wish to know how it ends, you might not want to read this post. 

In, Me Before You, Louisa Clark has lost her job. As she pretty much supports her family, she is desperate to get another job quickly. So she takes a job as a care taker to Will Traynor, who is in a wheel chair and is unable to move after an accident two years ago. The job is rough for Louisa at first. The hours are long and Will isn’t the friendliest person. She keeps reminding herself that the job is only for six months and that the pay is very good. As a few months go on, Will and Louisa slowly start to develop a friendship. Then one day, Lousia overhears a conversation between Will’s mother and his sister: she learns that Will wants to end his life. That he attempted before and during the summer, he’s going to go to a place in Switzerland where they assist people with ending their life.   And suddenly, a lot of things about Will make since to Louisa, especially her six month contract. She’s upset and almost quits her job. But then, she decides that she wants to show Will that life is worth living and his happiness becomes the most important thing to her.

18 pages in to this book, I figured out that it was going to break my heart.

40 pages in to this book, I figured out how it was going to end, but that was by accident. I was thumbing through the book and started skimming the author interview and saw something about assisted suicide.  I knew right then and there that Will was going to die at the end.

The first hundred pages did move a bit slow but they were necessary to set up for what was going to happen later. Once I got past that point, I couldn’t put it down. And I do think that once I found out that Will was going to die, that did make it harder for me to read. It got better around the hundred page mark once it was introduced in to the story line.

Louisa starts to take Will on these outings. Some go good, some not so good. During these outings is where Louisa and Will start to really bond. It’s where they fall in love. Like I said, I knew Will was going to die. But these outings, their relationship, I started to think that Will might actually change his mind. I stated to feel the same sort of false hope that Louisa starts to feel.

The last 30 pages of this book were very difficult to read. I cried like a baby the whole time I was reading them. There were multiple times that I had to get up and go get tissues. I wasn’t just crying, I was ugly crying.

Te exact point that shattered my heart in to a million pieces? When Louisa told will that she loved him and that she didn’t want to be his care taker but his girlfriend and he told her no because he can’t be the want he wants to be for her.

Want to really add to your tears? Listen to Adele’s song Million Years Ago. I started thinking about it when Will was actually telling Louisa about his plans to end his life.

Me Before You has been made in to a movie and is supposed to come out in June. I’m not sure that’ll go see it. I don’t know if I can handle this heart break all over again.

There’s also a sequel, After You that i’m not sure that i’ll read. I want to see Louisa have a happy ending. I want to see her move on and become something in her life. I’m not sure I can bare to watch her grieving over Will.

The trailer recently came out for the movie. It was two minutes and eighteen seconds and I saw already crying.

I go back and fourth over if I should give Me Before You a four or five star rating. When I initially close the book, I gave it 4/5 stars but when I woke up the next morning, I changed the rating to 5/5 stars. I couldn’t stop thinking about Will and Louisa. And, I realized that if a story is making me feel that much emotion, and made me cry like it did, it deserved 5/5 stars.

Should I read the sequel? Is it going to break my heart too? Did you ugly cry at the end of this book too? Please tell me. I’m dying to discuss it with someone.

Much Love,

Kate

 

Me Before You

2015 Wrap Up & 2016 Reading Goals

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundWe can’t believe that it’s already 2016! What? Seriously, where has the time gone? Even though it’s been 2015 for 18 days now, we want to take a second and set our reading goals for 2016 and look back on the awesome reading year that we had in 2015.

2015 Overview:

Tina:

This year I started off strong in the reading game. I definitely read a lot of books towards the beginning of the year and over the summer. College sadly takes time away from reading, as it did towards the end of 2015. However, the books I did read this year were amazing.

Kate:

It’s no big secret that I read a lot in 2015. I think that has a huge part to do with that I went to Teen Book con back in April. I’ve always loved reading and I’ve always loved books but something about going to that convention, reignited my love for reading and books. This year, I ended up reading 37 books. This surpassed the reading challenge I set for myself on Goodreads by 17 books.

2016 Reading Goals:

Tina:

For 2016, I have a pretty generic goal: read more. I have a book or two left in my apartment at school that I have yet to read, and my “to read” list has been growing forever. I finally want to take more time to read, especially while at school because reading is a nice stress relief. There are lots of great places to read in my college town that I want to explore. I think trying to read more will help me achieve these goals (plus help me grow my book collection).

Kate:

This year, i’ve decided to double the books on my Goodreads challenge from 20 books to 40 books but i hope to read way more than that. With in those 40 books, I plan to finish the Harry Potter series by J.K Rolling (I’m on the second book of the seven). I plan to reread/ finish the Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter. I started reading this series when it initially came out when I was in like sixth grade and somewhere along the way, I lost track of what book I was on. I’d love to know what happens and how the story concludes. Also, this year, I am going to try reading one nonfiction book a month, like a biography or a memoir.

We hope your 2015 was fabulous and that your 2016 is even better! What was your favorite book that you read in 2015? Tell us about it so that we can read it in 2016!

Much love

Tina & Kate

2015 Wrap Up & 2016 Reading Goals

What’s Broken Between Us

I was super excited for this book to come out. How excited you might ask? As you might remember, a few weeks ago, I named this book as my most anticipated new release in my Taylor Swift Book Tag. Also, I went to Barnes and Noble the day it was released (December 29th) to buy it. I got to the store right when it opened and it hadn’t been shelved yet.I made the guy working at the information desk go get it out of the back for me. I also felt the need to take a picture (shout out to Allie for taking the picture) outside the bookstore with the book. I am a nerd and I regret nothing.

In Alexis Bass’s sophomore novel, tragedy has struck Amanda Tart’s hometown. Grace Marlamount was killed and Sutton Crane was nearly paralyzed in a drunk driving accident where the driver was Jonathan Tart, Amanda’s older brother. It’s been sixteen months since the accident happened and Jonathan has just been released from prison.  Amanda still loves her bother but everyone else sees him as the monster who killed Grace. And then there’s Henry Crane, Sutton’s younger brother, where he and Amanda were almost a thing, but decided to forget about it, right after the accident happened because things were too complicated.

The best way to describe this novel is the following: it’s a story about rebuilding relationships.

What’s Broken Between Us, was exactly how I like my young adult contemporary novels (really, any novel I read). Character driven, dealing with relationships, difficult heart breaking issues and a little bit of a romantic sub plot. I started this novel December 29th and I finished it December 30th. I loved reading every page of it.

I liked how this story was told from Amanda’s point of view. We get to see Jonathan’s actions and how they affect not only him but how it effects his family, specifically, Amanda. She very much carried guilt about the accident, often thinking about what she would change about the night it happened and how she would have liked for it to play out. Amanda still loves Jonathan and she still see’s the good in him.

I do wish that some of the characters in this novel would have been more developed, specifically Amanda and Jonathan’s parents. I felt like their character’s didn’t serve much purpose in the story other than Amanda being 17 and Jonathan being 19 so they couldn’t be living on their own. They were the basic parent type characters, though part of me thinks this was done on purpose- this is poked fun at in the novel by Amanda calling her Dad “Standard Dad”. I think that if the parents had more development, it really would have added so much to the story.

I also think the character of Amanda’s best friend, Dawn, who is off at college, could have been completely cut out. She and Amanda don’t interact much. I see the purpose that she served, she was the person who Amanda told her feeling too. But, as this story was told in first person, we were already inside Amanda’s head. We already know how she’s feeling, perhaps maybe even better than she does.

I really enjoyed reading this novel. I gave it 4/5 stars and I would recommend it to readers who like Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman.

I like the way Alexis writes and I think she’s a very talented writer. I wish that this wasn’t only her second novel so that I could read them all back to back. I really do believe that in a couple more years, Alexis Bass will be one of the top names in YA literature and you’ll be hearing it alongside Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Gayle Forman and John Green.

Please let me know if you’ve read What’s Broken Between Us in the commits. I’m dying to talk about it with someone!

Much Love,

Kate

What’s Broken Between Us